Advanced Project Management

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Enrolled: 257 students
Duration: 10 Weeks, 120 Hours
Lectures: 10
Level: Advanced

Why do projects fail, especially larger ones? What is a project anyway? The word has become so loosely used in chat today. Doesn’t project management would come under general management? If there is a manager in place, shouldn’t he be managing the project? Isn’t project management about good planning? Yes, it is but then what is good planning and how do you implement it? These are some of the questions we attempt to answer on this online course.

I consider project management to be the ultimate business paradox. According to the recent Project Management Institute (PMI®) “Pulse of the Profession” report, the percentage of projects succeeding (meeting their goals) has remained flat at 64 percent between 2012 and 2015. That is a very good score compared to reality, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The problem with these reports is that the research isn’t conducted from an African perspective and where they do, they scrape the top of the cream looking at the big companies like Dangote or MTN and leave out the bigger picture – what is happening to the small and medium enterprises at the private and public sector level?

This is the real level where all the professional counseling, training, and support are needed. The percentage of projects “not” meeting their goals in this region and segment is more like 64% in my opinion. Not enough planning is being accomplished. Large or small, software, R&D, or administrative, successful projects rely on good planning. Too many project managers take a ready-fire-aim approach in an attempt to complete a project quickly. Many organizations do not allow project managers significant planning time or virtually any time at all. This often results in spending far more time and effort reworking errors, soothing unhappy stakeholders, and backing out of blind alleys. In short, the lack of adequate planning causes projects to fail and there is a lot of that in this region.

This course teaches how to create a project management mindset from the grassroots of an organization and its staff right to the top. How to focus on talent management, continuous training, and formal knowledge transfer within an organization irrespective of size. How to establish processes that support project management through the establishment and adoption of standardized project practices and processes. And how to overcome the several extra hurdles in managing projects in this part of the world that is absent in other parts where most project management research is conducted.

The fundamental project tools never really change, but the nuances of applying those tools for project success seem to be always changing, adjusting for the new now. Adjustments must be made for technological advances, extra-ordinary inconveniences and incompetency, workplace demographics, global reach, and even fluctuations in the economy, to name but a few. Successful project management can be a real challenge, and it is never dull. This course includes time-proven tools, as well as information that will keep you current with the requirements of the profession today. As you read, remind yourself to learn from the past—and look to the future.

Curriculum for Advanced Project Management.

1. The Role of the Project Manager
2. Planning the Project
3. Incorporating stakeholder Management in the Project Planning Process 4. Developing a Mission, Vision, Goals, and Objectives for the Project
5. Analyzing the project risk and Communication Plans.
6. Using the Work Breakdown Structure to Plan a Project Schedule and Schedule the Work with the Structure
7. Project Control and Evaluation
8. The Change Control Process Using Earned Value Analysis
9. The Project Manager as Leader Managing the Project Team
10. How to Make Project Management Work in your Company
11. Closing the Project.

1. An Overview of Project Management

An Overview of Project Management, Introduction to Project Management (PM). Project Failures, What Is PM? The Phases of a Project, Lifecycle of A Project, Strategy, Implementation Planning, Execution, and Control, Close Out, The Steps in Managing Projects, The Project Management Body of Knowledge (PBOK) Guide, Knowledge Areas, Project Processes. The Role of The Project Manager, What is Managing, Authority, Leadership Vs Management

2. Planning the Project

The Absolute Imperative of Planning, Planning Defined, Strategy, Tactics and Logistics, Signing off the Plan, Changing the Plan, Testing the Plan Out, Suggestions for Effective Planning.

3. Incorporating Stakeholder Management in Project the Planning Process

Prioritizing Stakeholders, Engaging Key Stakeholders, Stakeholder Alignment and Communication, Managing Multicultural Stakeholders, Working with Remote, External Stakeholders, Uniting Stakeholders,

4. Developing A Mission- Vision- Goals- And Objectives for The Project

Defining the Problem, Confusing the Terms, In the Real World, The Real Mission of Every Project, Developing Project Objectives, Assessing Project Risks.

5. Creating the Project Risk and Communication Plan

Defining Project Risks, Management, The Six Step Process for a Project Risk Plan, Establishing Reserves, Manging Multi Project Risks, The Communication Plan,

6. Using The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) To Plan A Project

A Simple Plan, Guidelines for Developing The WBS, Estimating Time Costs and Resources, The Hazards of Estimating, Project Procurement Management, Scheduling Project Work, A Brief History of Scheduling, The Reason for Scheduling, Network Diagrams, Constructing an Arrow Diagram, Producing A Workable Schedule, Schedule Computations, Network Rules, Using the Network to Manage the Project, Assigning Resources to Tasks, Resource Availability

7. Project Control and Evaluation

Achieving Team Member Self-Control, Characteristic of A Project Control System, Taking Corrective Action, Timeline of Responses, Designing The Right System for Project Process Review, Making a Process Review Report

8. Controlling the Change Process

Sources of Change, The Six Steps in The Change Control Process, The Change Control Form, Thresholds for Change, The Change Control Log, The Project Spin Off, Embracing Change, Measuring Progress, Measuring Project Performance and Quality

9. Managing the Project Team

Team Building, Promoting Teamwork in The Planning Process, Getting Organized, Recruiting, Clarifying Mission, Vision, Goals and Objectives, Distinguishing Between Individuals Goals and the Teams Mission, Resolving Team Issues, Working Out Workable Procedures, Working Out Relationships in Teams, Resolving Team Issues, Observing the Stages in a Team’s Development, Leading Stage by Stage, Developing Commitment in A Team.

10. The Project Manager As Leader – Closing Off The Project

Laying Down The Foundation, Understanding Leadership Characteristics, Understanding Leadership Styles, Creating Project Constituents, Creating Consistency in teams, Eliminating Fear of Failure, Establishing a Positive Culture, Motivation, Project Leadership and the Team Environment, Determining the Appropriate Approach to Conflict Resolution, Closing The Project, Creating a Project Information and Documentary Repository, Creating a Lessons-Learned Analysis, Reviewing Project Closure Checklist, Dealing With Premature Project Closure.
Textbooks can be expensive costing between £50 - £150 for some courses. They are also difficult to get delivered to some locations in the world, especially in Africa. We have taken this into account and will provide you with all the textbooks and reading material for all of our courses.
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